Ali Sahabi, GEC

Ali Sahabi

About Ali Sahabi

Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.
26 December, 2018

Masonry Building Owners of Oregon suing city

By |2018-12-26T19:08:04+00:00December 26th, 2018|Related News|

In October, Portland city commissioners voted to put sign on the brick buildings that, they haven’t been retrofitted and are at risk. The Masonry Building Owners of Oregon filed a lawsuit this week claiming the ordinance is unconstitutional.For more info, please read the original article by Katu2 :

26 December, 2018

Oregon’s list of earthquakes

By |2018-12-26T18:59:01+00:00December 26th, 2018|Related News|

Many residents of Oregon are aware they are due for a big earthquake at any time now, an earthquake followed by a tsunami would be devastating. Here's a rundown of the biggest earthquakes to hit Oregon in the last ten years. For more info, please read the original article by Oregon Live: [...]

26 December, 2018

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake hits Sicily

By |2018-12-26T18:55:26+00:00December 26th, 2018|Related News|

An eruption of Mount Etna in Europe has triggered a 4.8-magnitude earthquake early Wednesday morning. 28 people were injured as well as some damaged buildings. The epicenter was north of the city of Catania and the damaged caused several families to spend the night in the streets. For more info, please read the original article [...]

19 December, 2018

Oregon’s early warning earthquake system would be part of ShakeAlert

By |2018-12-19T18:53:38+00:00December 19th, 2018|Related News|

In Oregon, Governor Brown is calling to have a statewide early warning system up and operational by 2023, it would also be abel to use it to warn of wildfires. This will save lives. “When the next Cascadia subduction zone earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest, Oregon will face the greatest challenge of our lifetimes,” Brown [...]

17 December, 2018

Can scientist crack the earthquake patterns?

By |2018-12-17T18:28:49+00:00December 17th, 2018|Related News|

Two scientist are optimistic they will be able to better predict earthquakes. This research could greatly improve the seismic hazard maps, said Los Alamos geophysicist Claudia Hulbert, a co-author on both of the new papers. “It provides a nice angle of attack," she said. For more info, please read the original article by the Washington [...]

14 December, 2018

What caused the three months of earthquakes swarms in Yellowstone

By |2018-12-14T19:20:31+00:00December 14th, 2018|Related News|

If you recall reports last summer of the Yellowstone National Park’s active super volcano. David Shelley a seismologist from the USGS said, “In fact, earthquakes themselves may allow the fluid to migrate more efficiently through faults in the rock,” he said, noting that the earthquakes weren’t accompanied by other signs of “volcanic unrest,” indicating the [...]

13 December, 2018

Will an earthquake hit in the Midwest, South?

By |2018-12-13T19:30:09+00:00December 13th, 2018|Related News|

People assume its not a matter of if a “big one” will hit border the Mississippi but a matter of when. In recent weeks tiny tremors have hit the surrounding states and scientists have seen evidence that the central Mississippi River valley has seen major earthquakes for more than 4,000 years. For more info, please [...]

12 December, 2018

Soon, Oakland may have a soft story retrofit ordinance

By |2018-12-12T19:26:33+00:00December 12th, 2018|Related News|

The ordinance will apply to soft story apartment buildings built before 1991. The main reason they are doing this is because, “If we don’t increase the integrity of the buildings, not only will we have loss of life, but massive displacement,” Kalb said. Oakland has about 2,810 buildings that would need to be retrofitted. For [...]

11 December, 2018

Recovery in the Aftermath of Disaster: Why Preparation is the Best Option

By |2018-12-12T20:04:54+00:00December 11th, 2018|earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection|

The entire community of Paradise was lost in the Camp Fire. (Credit: Cal Fire) California just experienced its deadliest and most destructive wildfire, ever. Nearly 14,000 homes, 530 commercial structures and 4,300 other buildings were destroyed in November when the Cal Fire ravaged the Butte County landscape, incinerating entire communities like the [...]

11 December, 2018

Rocket Science: Propelling a Better Understanding of Seismic Safety

By |2018-12-12T19:56:06+00:00December 11th, 2018|seismic retrofit safety|

The recent Mars landing of NASA’s robotic lander InSight means we can now look forward to two years of data from seismic monitoring and underground temperature readings that will unlock mysteries about the origin of the red planet, and by association, the Earth. Unlike our world, where land is continually shifting through tectonics and [...]